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Getting started in FPV/Drone: MyGeekShow

Started this discussion. Last reply by UnmannedTechShop.co.uk Nov 18, 2011. 3 Replies

Hey guys! So 2012 is going to be MyGeekShow’s year of “Technology Aided Flight” where I’ll focus on going from just flying around the field, to full FPV and waypoint supported autopilot. I’m doing…Continue

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Is this a good FPV set up?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Don Brooks Jul 5, 2011. 2 Replies

This is what I'm thinking for my first FPV set up... anything that sticks out to you as good/bad? Airplane Tx: Turnigy 9x…Continue

Tags: My Geek Show, MyGeekShow, FPV

Model Airplane to Fly Across The United States!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Trent at MyGeekShow May 14, 2011. 8 Replies

I've decided its time to get serious. I've announced my new 5 year project: To fly an RC airplane 3,000 miles to cross the United States.Most of the flight will be FPV style, but 90% of the trip will…Continue

Bluecor Fan Fold Foam and Hot Glue: Good Building Materials?

Started Apr 9, 2011 0 Replies

I did an episode on the strength/properties/durability/etc. of Bluecor Fan Fold Foam and Hot Glue to test their ability to be good building materials for some future drone airplane I'll be building.…Continue

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Mark commented on Trent at MyGeekShow's blog post MyGeekShow Raising Money on Indiegogo for Flight Across USA
"Trent! Sorry for USA trip cancellation but, I paid for banner advertisement on MyGeekShow USA Trip page and for some reason supplied banner was never placed on the page. Is there a good reason for not placing my banner with link on a proper…"
Monday
Holger S commented on Trent at MyGeekShow's blog post NCR18650B - The Future of RC Aircraft Batteries?
"I use cells without tabs and solder apropiate copper wire directly onto the poles. The 18650 cells are very easy to solder as log as you do not bring to much heat into the cell. To prevent that, I use the following technique: 1. use a large…"
Monday
Quadzimodo commented on Trent at MyGeekShow's blog post NCR18650B - The Future of RC Aircraft Batteries?
"G'day Trent - Looking forward to watching your impending upload."
Jul 25
Trent at MyGeekShow commented on Trent at MyGeekShow's blog post NCR18650B - The Future of RC Aircraft Batteries?
"Gary: Yes! Very, very, very true. It is not for the beginner solder-er. I keep a fan right next to me, get that iron tip super hot (I want to say its a 150w iron?) and then solder it quickly, then place it on a fan to cool it down. Its a bit…"
Jul 25
Gary McCray commented on Trent at MyGeekShow's blog post NCR18650B - The Future of RC Aircraft Batteries?
"Hi Trent, I have heard of a few other people successfully doing tabs with a big soldering iron, good to know it actually works. Got to be quick though to keep from overheating the battery. Look forward to your video."
Jul 25
Trent at MyGeekShow commented on Trent at MyGeekShow's blog post NCR18650B - The Future of RC Aircraft Batteries?
"@Peter: ha ha! Thank you! It is so much fun. DIYDrones is at least 50% of the driver of any success the show has had. Such great people on here."
Jul 25
Trent at MyGeekShow commented on Trent at MyGeekShow's blog post NCR18650B - The Future of RC Aircraft Batteries?
"Gary is correct, 7A constant on bixler should be plenty of cruising power, and only demand 1C on a two 4S1P battery pack. I've pushed these beyond 1C without issue, check out http://youtu.be/_UxIwS0EimE I use a higher power soldering iron…"
Jul 25
Peter Voth commented on Trent at MyGeekShow's blog post NCR18650B - The Future of RC Aircraft Batteries?
"Thanks so much for the info guys! And Trent good luck with things!! I just found your YouTube channel last weekend and devoured the feed! :D"
Jul 25
Gary McCray commented on Trent at MyGeekShow's blog post NCR18650B - The Future of RC Aircraft Batteries?
"Hi Trent, I was wondering how you do the battery tabs, do you buy pre-tabbed batteries or do you have a welder. I have a really nice 1KW 0-50 volt lab power supply and was thinking of building a capacitive welder. Best, Gary"
Jul 25
Gary McCray commented on Trent at MyGeekShow's blog post NCR18650B - The Future of RC Aircraft Batteries?
"Fixed wings can operate with a lot less load than copters and small UAV types like the Bixler or Techpod or Skyhawk can certainly be operated within the range permissible for 18650's in an appropriate series/parallel configuration. But you will…"
Jul 25
Trent at MyGeekShow commented on Trent at MyGeekShow's blog post NCR18650B - The Future of RC Aircraft Batteries?
"@Peter: Fun stuff! Sounds like you're asking the right questions. In my experience, these packs should be able to drive something the size of Bixler without issue, especially if you ran with two 4S1P packs, then you could draw 7A constant for…"
Jul 25
Peter Voth commented on Trent at MyGeekShow's blog post NCR18650B - The Future of RC Aircraft Batteries?
"Ah thanks for the advice Holger and Gary! Out of curiosity, I also have a Bixler 2 I'm about to outfit with FPV gear, would these batteries perhaps work in the Bixler properly? I notice Trent's using these on a Delta wing. . . is a Bixler…"
Jul 25
Gary McCray commented on Trent at MyGeekShow's blog post NCR18650B - The Future of RC Aircraft Batteries?
"Hi Peter, 18650's are completely unsuitable for your copter because of their low C rating. To use 18650 really requires a very specific highly optimized design to run at maximum efficiency to get current draw low enough. Hobbyking has a new…"
Jul 25
Holger S commented on Trent at MyGeekShow's blog post NCR18650B - The Future of RC Aircraft Batteries?
"Hi Peter,  unfortunately these batteries are not really suitable as drop-in replacement for existing copters. In your case, I guess you will heavily overload these cells, as 25mins are more than the allowed absolute max of 2C. Keep in mind: the…"
Jul 25
Peter Voth commented on Trent at MyGeekShow's blog post NCR18650B - The Future of RC Aircraft Batteries?
"Hi guys! Just stumbled on this forum as I did some homework on improving my flight times on my quadcopter - wow! Some smart minds in here! :) Which is why I've gotta ask. . . after reading the 9 pages so far, it sounds like there are possibly…"
Jul 25
Trent at MyGeekShow commented on Quadzimodo's blog post Trent@MyGeekShow USA Trip Conclusion
"THANK YOU!!! This has been a tough experience, your support and encouragement has played a large role in my "recovery". Recently, I've had to remind myself every day of the show's slightly secret mantra: "Fail and learn…"
Jun 27

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67% Funded - MyGeekShow Indiegogo USA Trip

Posted on April 26, 2014 at 8:54pm 7 Comments

Getting closer! Just about half way through the time on the USA trip indiegogo project (link: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/rc-airplane-flight-across-the-usa-mygeekshow), and just past 66% funded. I've added…

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MyGeekShow Raising Money on Indiegogo for Flight Across USA

Posted on April 21, 2014 at 7:30pm 34 Comments

It is time! With three years of research behind us and less than two months left before the first flight on June 16th, it is time to gather all the equipment, reservations and team members together to make the USA trip!!

See all the details here:…

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Emergency Auto Landing - APM saves sUAV

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 6:19am 38 Comments

Mayday! Mayday! I tested the FPV system on the Raptor140B, with nearly disastrous results. Luckily, the APM was onboard to save the day!



I added the 400mw 1.3Ghz FPV transmitter to the 140B, and took it for a test flight. Right after take off I had significant control issues,…

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Follow Me Test! Success!

Posted on April 12, 2014 at 4:54am 11 Comments

ArduPlane, APM2.6 and Mission Planner come together to make an awesome feature called "Follow Me" where the ground station sends the airplane it's GPS location and the airplane will go to that location, even follow it as it moves!

I tested it today and it performed…

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Comment Wall (8 comments)

At 12:37pm on September 11, 2011,
Moderator
Brian
said…

Trent, check this post/project out.  I think it's right in line with your goal.

http://diydrones.com/profiles/blogs/thermopilot-project-a-thermal-hunter-glider-drone?id=705844%3ABlogPost%3A619448&page=2#comments

Regards - Brian

At 1:21pm on March 10, 2012, Stan Virgint said…

You have a cool channel I want to build a flying as well with center fuse for little more room

what are you using for your hot wire power supply?

Thanks Stan

At 10:47am on September 1, 2012, Earl said…
Put a voltage and current sensor on the telemetry! Use as a gas guage.
Looking good. Getting ready to drop X8 from balloon and control with joystick. I use 433mhz radios. Much longer range.
Earl
At 10:35am on July 24, 2013, roger gravel said…

thanks to take the time to explained how apm work you are a very generous person 

and your geek show is very proffessional 

At 4:52am on December 12, 2013,
MR60
Forrest Frantz
said…

Outstanding Trent. UAV across the US has a pioneer ring to it. Great.

Yes, the Li-Io will serve you well.  Nearly 50% more duration.

If you can afford it, buy a battery welder when you make yours or I think I saw someone on e-bay that will do the welding for you.  Panasonic does make the best one.  You can solder, but I'm not good enough to trust my skill.  There is a vent that might release if it gets too hot.  

Please keep me in touch with your build.  lt sounds exciting.

At 3:42pm on May 6, 2014, Scott Penrose said…

Hi Trent. Sorry to bug you here. Sent you a few emails re: Trip and Radios - can you check your spam please. Scott.

At 4:35pm on May 8, 2014, Swift said…

Good luck Trent! I wish you the best for the Adventure! thanks for your time to educate us with APM and other stuff. :)

At 3:51am on July 14, 2014, Dave Smith said…

I was thinking about your altitude change problems along the flight, and I have often wondered how you would set up for an auto-land at a lower altitude. Have you ever tried the "absolute(?)" check box? I believe you put in meters above sea level instead. I will try it out and let you know what I find.

I am also working on a very simple parachute mechanism that you might want to try out to soften your landings when the terrain gets rough.

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